Best Practices

The Good Vacationer’s Guide

We encourage you to consult a good vacationer’s guide (in French only) prepared by the Conseil régional de l’environnement des Laurentides (the Laurentians’ Regional Environmental Council) and jointly presented by that organization and the Municipality of...

Pesticides and Fertilisers

Under the by-law number 422-2017 of the Municipality of Sainte-Anne-des-Lacs on the use of pesticides and fertilizers (in French only), pesticides and fertilizers are prohibited through the municipality. In order to familiarize you with the harmful consequences of...


Composting The word “composting” comes from the Latin componere, meaning “to bring together.” According to the Composting Council of Canada, “composting is natural process whereby micro-organisms transform organic waste materials into a soil-like product called...


Wetlands and Their Importance According to p. 30 of the Municipality’s residents’ guide, wetlands have a significant impact on the health of bodies of water in the area in question. You can also visit this page (in English) from the website of the Nature Conservancy...

Eurasian Water-Milfoil

The Laurentians are among the hardest-hit regions of Quebec by the spread of Eurasian water-milfoil. ABVLacs invests time and energy to prevent this invasive alien aquatic plant from taking root in Sainte-Anne-des-Lacs. This is why it is important that the entire...

Septic Tanks

You should know that a faulty installation can take a significant toll on the environment well beyond your property boundary. For more information, we encourage you to refer to pp. 26-27 of the Municipality’s residents’ guide (in French only) as well as the following...

Riparian Buffer Strip

According to the Municipality’s residents’ guide, the riparian buffer strip measures 10 or 15 metres depending on the slope of the land located inside the lakes, the bodies of water and the wetlands. For more information, we encourage you to refer to page 32 of this...


Before starting any alterations, construction work, excavation work, backfilling operation and so on, it is essential to contact the Municipality’s Planning Department to get a permit and the necessary information for your project to be successful. For more...


Eurasian water-milfoil education session: Access to the documents

Here is the documentation and video presentation by Jani Boyer Information on boat cleaning (in french only): Depliant-nettoyage-embarcations Document accompanying the video presentation (in french only) : Formation des Sentinelles Link to the video presentation (in...

Conference and presentations June 05, 2021

Last Saturday, ABVLacs was proud to present a talk by Mathieu Madison, President, ABRINORD on the topic of “The health of our lakes and waterways: Why should we care?” For those who had the chance to attend, we would like to receive your feedback. Send your comments...


ABVLacs  supports "le programme national de gestion du myriophylle- a-épi" (Videos available in French only)

National Volunteer Week

A huge THANK YOU to all our volunteers.  Because of your generosity and your commitment, you help keep our lakes healthy.

Eurasian Water-Milfoil: l’envahisseur marin

In aquariums, Eurasian water-milfoil can be used as decorative vegetation. But when it ends up in our waterways, slowing its spread is no small feat! This exotic plant suffocates our lakes and rivers in which it proliferates, and it does so at high speed. It is found...

Video summer 2020 on ongoing research etc…

Summer 2020 video clip on the research project on water filtration on Lac Caron and Lac Johanne  

ABVLacs Virtual AGM on September 12, 2020

Please find the video of the ABVLacs annual general meeting on September 12, 2020, held (in French) via Zoom because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

June 2020 video clip on the achievements of ABVLacs in 2019-2020

Please note that the format of the 2020 annual general meeting has changed since these videos were filmed. For the right information, please see the home page. (français)

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Lake assesments

Lac Cupidon

[atlas]11937[/atlas] Résultats des tests menés avec le Réseau de surveillance volontaire des lacs

Lac Johanne

[atlas]12003[/atlas] Results of all the tests conducted under the Volunteer Lake-Monitoring Program

Lac Paquette

[atlas]12092[/atlas] Results of all the tests conducted under the Volunteer Lake-Monitoring Program

Lac Suzanne

[atlas]12175[/atlas] Results of all the tests conducted under the Volunteer Lake-Monitoring Program

Lac Parent

[atlas]12094[/atlas] Results of all the tests conducted under the Volunteer Lake-Monitoring Program

Lac Colette

[atlas]11918[/atlas] Results of all the tests conducted under the Volunteer Lake-Monitoring Program

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The association

Members of the Board of Directors 2020-2021

Marois watershed Position 1 : Marc Chartrand Position 2 : Martine Carré Position 3 : [vacant position] Position 4 : John (Sean) Dalzell, president Ouimet watershed Position 5 : Samuel Shapiro, secretary-treasurer Position 6 : Ghislaine Van Berkom Castor et Massé...

Achievements and Future Plans

Achievements As part of the Government of Quebec’s Volunteer Lake-Monitoring Program (VLMP), our network of volunteers carry out sample collections in order to assess the health of the lakes. Update of the health records for the lakes in Sainte-Anne-des-Lacs Update of...

What is a Watershed?

It’s the funnel principle; i.e. the area draining naturally to a water stream, a lake or an artificial basin. The International Organization for Standardization defines the equivalent term “catchment area” as “the area draining naturally to a water course or to a...

Annual General Meeting

Annual General Meeting The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of members is usually held in May or June, i.e. just before the beginning of the organization’s main summer activities.


The minutes of previous meetings since 2016 are available under the “archives” heading. The minutes of each annual general meeting are approved at the next year’s AGM and are not available until they are ratified by the organization’s members.


Water, a Collective Heritage to Be Protected Are you age 18 or older? Do you like your lake? Do you care about the impact your actions have on soils and vegetation? Do you believe that water management is everyone’s responsibility? Then become a member of ABVLACS! You...

About Us

About Us The Agence des bassins versants de Sainte-Anne-des-Lacs (ABVLACS) is a community-based non-profit organization. Our mission Our mission is to ensure the preservation and the improvement of water quality in our regional watersheds from a sustainable...

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